Lawrence Wetherby (January 2, 1908 – March 27, 1994) was a lieutenant
governor (1947–1950) and governor (1950–1955) of the US state of
Kentucky. As governor, he helped increase funding for education,
government benefits, road construction, and industrial diversification.
He endorsed the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation order in the case of
Brown v. Board of Education and appointed a biracial commission to
oversee the successful integration of the state’s schools. As chair of
the Southern Governors Conference in 1954 and 1955, he encouraged other
southern governors to accept and implement desegregation. Wetherby was
limited to one term by the state constitution. His successor, fellow
Democrat A. B. “Happy” Chandler, failed to support his attempt in 1956
to succeed Alben Barkley in the US Senate, and he lost to Republican
John Sherman Cooper. From 1964 to 1966, Wetherby served on a commission
charged with revising the state constitution, and in 1966 he was elected
to the Kentucky Senate, where he provided leadership in drafting the
state budget. After retiring from politics, he worked as an engineering
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Trunajaya rebellion: Amangkurat II of Mataram and his
bodyguards stabbed Trunajaya to death a week after the rebel leader
surrendered to the Dutch.
Uruguayan War: Brazilian and Colorado forces captured the city
of Paysandú from its Uruguayan defenders.
Second World War: Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, was
severely damaged by German bombing during the Cardiff Blitz.
Former actor Ronald Reagan began his career in government when
he was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of California.
The Stardust space probe flew by the comet Wild 2 and collected
particle samples from its coma, which were later returned to Earth.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. (idiomatic) Often in the phrase on cloud nine: a state of bliss, elation
2. (idiomatic, possibly nonstandard) A state of fantastic or impractical
dreaming or thinking.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as
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